Ice hockey legend Jaromír Jágr made his first appearance in over a year
for the club Kladno on Monday evening. The locally born star, who is now
47, played for nearly 18 minutes as the Czech second division side overcame
Jágr is a 13-time NHL All-Star and is the most productive player ever to have appeared in the league.
The V&A Museum in London is showing the work of Czech photographer and
political refugee Ivan Kyncl.
Known for his experimental approach to photography, Kyncl photographed politically sensitive plays performed in the secret ‘living room theatre’ of blacklisted actress Vlasta Chramostová.
He also documented the activities of the Charter 77 anti-communist opposition.
Following his move to the UK, Kyncl went on to capture some of the greatest plays, operas and musicals of the 20th century.
The exhibition opens on February 19 and will run until June.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš on Monday outlined his government’s
innovation strategy for coming decade. Speaking at a conference at
Liechtenstein Palace in Prague, the prime minister said the main goal was
for the country to move towards final products and creating greater added
value, which would benefit employees, companies and the state. He said his
ambition was to see the Czech Republic in the first European league of
The opposition has criticized the prime minister for failing to support this trend in the past. In 2018 the Czech Republic dropped out of the list of 25 most innovative countries.
The region of Hradec Králové is seeking to get Vamberk bobbin lace a
place on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The Czech Republic
is expected to make a nomination before the end of the month.
The town of Vamberk has been known for its exquisite lace production since the 17th century and the first school of bobbin lace opened there in 1899.
Among the Czech items already on the list are The Ride of the Kings, a colourful festival celebrated in just four Moravian villages in the spring, the Czech craft of indigo dyeing with block printing (modrotisk) or the art of Czech puppetry.
The British liquidator of New World Resources (NWR) is threatening to sue
the Czech state in connection to it taking over the coal miner OKD,
formerly a part of the energy company, the business daily Hospodářské
A regional Czech court in October 2017 approved the reorganisation of OKD as proposed by its management and approved by creditors. Two months later, the European Commission approved the takeover by state-owned company Prisko, which paid CZK 80 million for OKD’s mining assets. Appeals by NWR and others against the OKD reorganisation plan were rejected by a Czech court in June 2018.
A partner at NWR’s liquidator, Jenner & Block, has now said in a letter to Prisko, taken to be a pre-litigation challenge, that OKD’s mining business was in effect illegally nationalised, resulting in damages of hundreds of million of euro against NWR, according to Hospodářské noviny, which has seen a copy of the letter.
OKD creditors have filed claims of over CZK 20 billion in court, but the administrator has rejected the lion’s share of the claims. OKD continues to mine coal and employs around 9,500 people.
Prague City Hall has agreed to start negotiating with Zdena Mašín about
the possibility of exhuming her mother’s remains from a mass grave in
Prague’s Ďáblice cemetary. The city hall earlier ruled out the
possibility in view of the complications of exhuming remains from a mass
Zdena Mašín, sister of the Mašín brothers, who dramatically escaped from Czechoslovakia in the early 1950s, requested the exhumation so as to be able to give her mother a dignified burial.
Her mother Zdena Mašínová was a freedom fighter jailed by the Nazis and later by the Communists. She was convicted of espionage and treason in a communist show trial and later moved from jail to a labour camp where she died in 1956.
A Visegrad Four summit in Israel has been cancelled after Poland announced
it would not be attending the meeting over a diplomatic row with Israel.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said just hours before his scheduled departure for Israel that the summit would be replaced by bilateral talks. In addition to talks with Israeli officials the Czech prime minister will pay a visit to the Czech House in Jerusalem and lay a wreath at the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre Yad Vashem.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki cancelled his participation at the summit after media reported remarks by Israel's prime minister suggesting Polish complicity in the Holocaust. Although Israel insists that the prime minister’s words were misinterpreted, and he had only referred to individuals, the row has deepened and Poland said on Monday that no Polish representative would be travelling to Israel for the summit.
Over a decade since one of the worst railway accidents in Czech history,
the attempt to bring those responsible for the tragedy to justice is back
at square one, the news site Novinky.cz reports.
In August 2008, a bridge undergoing reconstruction in Studénka, northern Moravia, collapsed onto railway tracks minutes before an international express train ploughed into the debris. Eight people died in the accident and 95 passengers were injured, some partly handicapped for life.
On Monday, only four of the ten defendants – absolved of guilt in an early trial – were in attendance. The appeals court hearing began with lawyers objecting strongly to the presiding judge calling for testimony from experts, as a wide range of opinions as to the cause have already been heard.
Earlier judges ruled there was insufficient proof to hold any of the defendants responsible for the tragedy through negligence or otherwise.
Czech banking clients have become a target of new malware on Google
Play’s Word Translator, according to Eset, Czech Republic.
The IT security company says there were over 10,000 downloads before the malware was removed. Half of the security breach incidents were reportedly registered in the Czech Republic, 40 percent in Poland and less than five percent in Italy, Mexico and Australia.